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Safety 8 Protocol

At Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions we believe safety isn’t just a slogan - it’s our business. That’s why it’s one of our four guiding principles.

We want you, your child, your group, your family or your students, to rest assured we’ve got volunteers covered from head to toe. So we’re spelling out our safety steps. We call it our “Safety-8”.

   
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Accommodation

We personally conduct stringent risk assessments to ensure all our lodgings meet and exceed safety requirements. Do they have the appropriate number of fire extinguishers? Where is the closest medical facility? It’s only with our seal of approval the lodgings are invited into our extended family, where we trust our volunteers will have a good nights sleep in Jamaica ‘mon’. For students and groups, the rooms are gender-segregated.

 

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Transportation

We only transport volunteers in registered and approved vehicles driven by licensed, experienced drivers. Our friendly team greets volunteers at the airport, regardless of flight delays. We wait! Drop off and pick-up at the volunteer projects is part of our program offering, so we have volunteers covered from point A to point B, and everywhere in between.

 

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Healthy meals and drinking water

We love to prepare scrumptious Jamaican cuisine full of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, but we also provide a selection of Western-style dishes if taste buds require something from home. We also cater for vegetarians, celiacs, and a whole host of dietary requirements for our volunteers in Jamaica. We understand that there are more gluten-free diets, and we can easily meet those dietary needs. Water in Jamaica is safe to drink from the tap, and can also be used to clean teeth, take a bath, wash clothing, etc. There is access to a bottled- water dispenser at all of our project sites and group home-base accommodations

 

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Insurance

We make travel insurance a mandatory requirement before volunteering in Jamaica. No discussion! But we don’t just put our heads in the sand from that point on. We conduct stringent risk assessments on all our accommodation, transport and project partners to ensure volunteer safety is at the forefront of everything, everywhere, every time.

 

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Supervision

All groups are assigned a Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions field coordinator for the duration of the trip. No student is left to venture on their own – they are either with a staff member, part of a group, or assigned to a buddy. We call this “controlled independence”.

 

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Local Knowledge

We’re here, in-country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to guide our volunteers every step of the way. Our in-country and on-the-ground support team have been carefully picked and are deployed to be the helping hand, on-the-spot, in every destination. They are insiders and know what’s hot and what’s not. It’s a big job and our standards are high, because we only want our volunteers to have the best care and support in Jamaica.

 

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Projects

We continually monitor and assess all our volunteer projects to ensure they are running effectively and are receiving the maximum benefit from volunteers. And when it comes to our safety risk assessments, no stone is left unturned! We only work with reputable partners who have been in the game a long time, with trained staff familiar with working with volunteers, showing them the ropes. We also make sure the location of the volunteer project is in a safe and secure area, and in close proximity to our accommodations.

 

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On call

And because we’re here, in-country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are also available to loved ones back home. If you need to get in touch with us in case of an emergency – or just have a message you’d like us to forward on – you can call us toll free at anytime on 1-844-897-0599 (USA). Or check out our contact us page for all other ways and means to get in touch. If you’re a parent or guardian, we understand it’s a big deal to send children or students abroad. We’ve compiled some more information on our parents page to reassure you’re doing an amazing thing for your offspring.